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October 08, 2007



Love your writings, Susan. Keep shining your light in this world of darkness: never ending wars, exploitation, and the widespread impoverishment of the people and the earth for the benefit of a few under capitalism.

I recently came across this little story about an old Cherokee who is teaching his grandson about life:

"A fight is going on inside me," he said to the boy. "It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil - he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego. The other is good - he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. This same fight is going on inside you - and inside every other person, too."

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, "Which wolf will win grandfather?" The old Cherokee simply replied, "The one you feed."

Capitalism feeds the first wolf, while socialism feeds the second. Unfortunately, we live under capitalism and all its hideous influences while wanting to live in a better world.

It seems to me that the challenge for all those who want to change the system is to filter out all the negative influences and lies of capitalism, and to seek the truth, wherever we can find it, while learning to trust and love one another enough to be able to move together to change the system.

James Collier

It is interesting, this country was built on the idea of self-determination, and many dismiss the idea of universal health care as "totalitarianism." I'm no fancy pants thinker, but the current situation looks like the "totalitarianism" they are trying to protect us from.

So we find ourselves in a strange quandry--where the only affordable way to get health care is to work for a corporation (or government). You join the corporate party or you pay through the nose. And even for those who play, those benefits are distributed unevenly between labor and management.

Corporate health care is a closed game: it is closed to those do not wish to work for corporations, it is closed to those who can't afford it, and it closed to those with medical conditions that might hurt the corporate bottom line.

Millions of Americans they have no choice but to play the corporate health care game. And that is a concept that in my mind, is simply un-American.

For the longest time, I thought that resistance to this idea was based simply on dollars and cents. If it was about money, we'd have had universal health care a long time ago.

But I realized that the current setup is geared to service this form of corporate totalitarianism and limiting individual choice, that everything began to make sense.

By removing health care from employment it gives workers FREEDOM.

It is a point that does not get brought up enough in this debate. And I believe it is one that should be brought as often as possible: If you could do anything you wanted what would you? Would you start business? Would you stop working? Would you go to school? What would you do with your freedom?

As long as health care remains in the domain of employment, we are noting more that 21st-century sharecroppers, tied down not to farm, but to a company and its benefits portfolio.

Now, some people have jobs that they like and pay them well enough; and so they wholly discount this concept of corporate slavery, as impossible. But for millions of Americans this is simply not the case.

The truth of the matter is for, all of big business' talk of free markets, they are afraid of a market where labor is truly free.

What would happen if the average American worker didn't have health care was no longer a "benefit"? They might quit. They could simply move on to something they would really want to do. And that would put corporations in a bind because then would really have to compete for workers services.

They might run into potential employees who have the gall to say "I only work 20 hours a week, and I only work on these days." They'd probably have to actually pay people more, and come up with new and more creative ways to attract and retain employees.

And that's the dirty little secret about Universal Health Care. It would actually expose corporations to a truly free market.

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